14 Apr '15, 3pm

US cops pay Bitcoin extortion money to decrypt files held hostage by hackers

Local police departments and the Sheriff’s office became victims of a computer virus that required them to pay a $318 extortion money to the hackers to decrypt the files. A fumble made by the cops in Maine, US, have allowed software hackers to make money by requiring the law enforcement to pay up to decrypt files held hostage by them. The local law enforcement server, which includes the sheriff’s office, along with police departments in Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Wiscasset and Boothbay Harbor in Lincoln County share a common computer network run by Burgess Computer. In March, they fell victim to an encryption virus, which encrypted files by the Megacode ransomware making them barely readable. In order to decrypt the files, they demanded Bitcoin ransom. The virus is assumed to have been transmitted in the form of an email, which a user of the server unknowingly opened. In all...

Full article: http://www.techworm.net/2015/04/us-cops-pay-bitcoin-extor...

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